Romancing the Rural on Art Route Blue

NAVIGATING LIFE’S CROSSROADS

Traveling Through the “Art of Life” (Michelle)

Narrative by Lorrie Fleming penned October 19, 2020

            Michelle’s artistic life’s vision over the course of a quarter century has elevated the bloodline of Steinbeck’s Mother Road into a borderless and timeless ‘piece of art’.  In her eloquent words “we are all traveling through the art of life”.  Art Route Blue represents art-in-motion and is defined by Michelle as “wayfinding”, a belief in a doctrine that all travelers hold an inclusive right of passage.  Our mobility may differ by the vehicle driven (whether it be the driver at the wheel, the passenger or remotely navigating by virtual techniques), we are all equally engaged in the biodiversity of life.

            Art & COVID are ironically mutual counterbalances that renders humankind to be inventive by reshaping our world.  The power of art levels the field and draws the landscape into a broadminded ground of passage. “Placing the dots upon the map is much like stringing the pearls on a necklace”, such meaningful words of wisdom voiced by Stacey – A key pillar of Art Route Blue.  Lacing a legacy linked by a connection to culture & creativity straddled along a linear community corridor that depicts both the inner & outer soul of Art Route Blue.

            

As a senior citizen, my experience as a seasoned traveler is tremendously enhanced by the introduction of Art Route Blue injected into my life and becoming a part of something much greater that the journey itself.  Michelle and her creatives coupled with the adept insight of Stacey, collectively carved the cornerstone for a purposeful sense of direction in the manner that we are traveling.  Entertaining an instinct to roam is a quality and a driving force towards a therapeutic escape, a reset button that Art Route Blue generates for a life of mobility throughout the aging process.    

            In life’s mosaic of experiences & events, our greatest asset is the ability to venture beyond the set parameters of the present place and connect to the mystical stories that await between the lines.  Isn’t it ironic that The Artist draws out the words inside the Storyteller…And traveling through the ‘art of life’ is where my personal story shall come alive!  

Moreover, Next Page – Reflections of Trails End 2020 …

An investment in travel is an investment in yourself” ~ A fitting quote by travel blogger Matthew Karsten

AWAYS BE READY TO GO SOMEWHERE…

                        Seasons drastically change, and no matter how we try to resist, the prolonged Canadian winter is creeping upon us as the calendar turns.  Our annual September summer’s end RV road trip has faded into our rear view.  However, the memories remain to be ‘on a roll’ within the places and the faces of the people who are holding on tightly to the bounty of nature. Recreational activity (cycling & hiking) lead to a bevy of outdoor patios at cafes, coffee shops & roadhouses that serve and carry an energetic vibe.  Coffee is becoming a tasteful artwork, steeped with sweet conversation, and lightly sprinkled with a touch of soulful inspiration. These eateries along the roadbed are a lifeline for travelers, a place to share a homelike meal and recharge the energy for the ride back to camp.     Notwithstanding the boutiques & art galleries that instill the culture into the communities, adding value and balance into the art of ‘retail therapy’!  

            Traversing the lush sun kissed Okanagan Valley eastward along the Crowsnest Highway #3 through to the golden boundary country that transitions into the untouched splendor of the Kootenay Region.  Hospitality is an endless component here as history unfolds into the downtown Main Streets that characterize each township where linear communities are threaded into the local culture & folklore to meet & greet travelers as welcome guests.   

              On these dark days of autumn, I simply open my closet and a light reaches out to seemingly stitch the threads together into a dance set to a rhythm of time travel.   A fashionable sense of preparatory direction gives me the tools to enter a world of greatness, dressed to conquer and be transported to incredible places, for a glimpse just for a moment in the ‘corners of my mind’!   Armed with an inherent desire to travel draws an extended purpose for me to meet & greet like-minded folks who await along this hopeful journey.  Yes indeed, my readiness to travel is a sense of empowerment that’s reflected deeply into the ‘people, place & planet’ ingrained within my inner soul.   

            In closing, preparation for springtime is a new beginning of life on the road.  My passion for travel begins in my closet, a hemline of anticipation to find the perfect accessory for the new road ahead.  So, here’s to my fellow roadies, gather your travel ‘wish list’, pack for all seasons, fasten the seat belt, tighten the hat strap, and roll down the windows in pursuit of a sweet ride to somewhere else.  Feel the wanderlust and get ready to soak up new cultures for a pilgrimage of travel by the will of your heart. 

Excerpts of a Seasoned Traveler.

Lorrie,

HAPPY BLUE YEAR

2019 – A “Happy Blue Year” (Coined by Michelle Loughery)

In Honor of Route Blue

By Lorrie Fleming “2019” is poised to be a ‘Gateway Year’for our freshly minted Route Blue, positioning itself for an infinite 2020 vision into the future, as seen through the eyes of Michelle Loughery’s “Master Plan”!  In all her wisdom, Michelle brilliantly sees beyond the naked eye and introduces light to a dark canvass and remarkably transforms pallor into color.

            Our integrated highway system has a new hue on its horizon, introducing a cultural color wheel that moves all aspects of society on an all-inclusive guideway.  The beloved ‘Mother Road’ has given birth to new lineage perched high upon her family tree. Coming alive here in BC, a renaissance is happening to our inherent highway corridor, reviving a sleeping giant into a global viewing screen destined to educate and retrace our vast inland heritage.  Along this homeland course, Michelle magically draws a dimensional mapping mechanism at our fingertips to guide us along a virtual tour to regenerate & capture the movements of a culture richly steeped in local folklore.  

            An invitation is soon to evolve to capture the interests of a generation enriched with stories that connect hearts of many origins & ethnicities transporting us through the ages.   Color Me Blue, and I shall connect-the-dots on a cultural journey that comes alive with knowledge and perpetual learning.  As the ‘Blue Year’ unfolds, Route Blue is bound to captivate the human interest that is permanently etched in the sands of time. Stay tuned for a ‘breath of blue’ to carry you along Canada’s own Mother Road…

Yours from the Inland Corridor of “Gold ‘n Blue Country” set deep in the Heartland of BC

Lorrie Fleming

One for the Road

AR:TROUTE BLUE with Highway Queen

Lorrie Flemming and her wonderful Husband Bob and their amazing dog are off to follow the blue and blog about the #destination Mural Town tour…
Dear my fellow bluers:

Enjoying the coastline art along the historic reaches of Monterey & adjoining town of Pacific Grove Cali.  The bike trail that joins the two beach cities features this great wall of interpretive vestiges steeped in local history.  Our next overnight stop is San Louis Obispo & Cambria, both strongly rooted in Spanish  culture., followed by my favourite colourful mural town of Exeter – steeped in agricultural history…may the journey implant permeant roots!

Sending love from the road,
Lorrie Fleming
One for the Road
Photos courtesy Bob Walker